|Rider's on the storm|
|Destination Abiquiu Dam|
|the reason for the fences|
|big ass grill station|
|camper & scenery|
|70+ feet down from here!|
|Marie doing her yoga|
July 6th Helotes, TX
After Maxwell. Marie's cousin Ruby and her husband Bruce opened their home to us for the night. We enjoyed a very delicious salmon dinner Ruby had in a slow cooker all afternoon. They shared past camping experiences and suggested we stay in Junction for our next camp stop. Ruby also shared the family tree she has been working on for the last few years. So much history! It was great to see pictures of ancestors and learn where Marie's family came from.
We took Ruby and Bruce's advice and stayed at the South Llano River State Park outside of Junction, TX. The first thing we see once we enter the campgrounds are a small herd of deer. The deer hang out just outside the campsites.The state park also has one of the largest turkey roost for the Rio Grande Turkeys. This campground is full of wildlife. With the burn ban still in effect, we were not deterred as we rented tubes to float down the river. No college kids this time! and the dogs actually wanted to get in the river too.
Saturday was spent at Balmorhea Lake in west Texas. The effects of the drought were evident as the lake is lower than it's ever been. We met Mickey and his family, who were out fishing the lake all day for cat fish. We invited them over for a spaghetti dinner as they gave us a little history about the lake and what they do. Mickey works with his Uncle Trinney on oil rigs around the area. Mickey's mother, Juanita, asked us if we had visited the springs then told us the springs were dry. We did drive down the road to check them out, but turned around to avoid the large crowd that was already there to camp at the lake instead. Despite the harsh wind, we still were able to enjoy the sunset.
|On the way to Balmorhea..good to see alternative energy|
|Mickey's Uncle Trinny offering us their catfish..the dogs seem interested.|
|A goose giving sunday service to the vultures.|
|West Texas..stark contrast to the wind turbines.|
After driving through the desert of west Texas we made it to Brantley Lake in New Mexico. Still windy in this part of the country. We visited Carslbad Caverns and took the self-walking tour of The Big Room.
|Going through Roswell. Some fans with foil caps touring the town.|
|"I'm an alien, you're an alien..."|
Northern New Mexico more than made up for the dry flatness of the previous areas we camped. It's amazing out here!